Bret Bonanni scored with 29 seconds remaining to play in regulation, capping off an unlikely comeback, to send Stanford's game against host USC to overtime. The second-ranked Cardinal, though, could not retain the momentum, and the third-ranked Trojans recovered to beat Stanford, 12-8, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest Saturday.
Stanford (12-2, 0-1 MPSF) looks to rebound next weekend at the SoCal Invitational in Malibu, where the Cardinal and USC could very well meet again. The teams have split their first two meetings.
Bonanni, Adam Abdulhamid and Connor Stapleton each scored twice for the Cardinal, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. BJ Churnside and Mitchell Mendoza added goals.
Stanford found itself behind, 8-3, midway through the third quarter. The Cardinal defense locked down the Trojans offense and went to work, leading to Bonanni's equalizer.
USC scored four times during the extra period to earn the victory, although Stanford out-shot USC, 43-33.
Senior Drew Holland posted 12 saves in goal for Stanford. His counterpart, McQuin Baron, recorded 18 saves for the Trojans.